It has been said that there is nothing new under the sun. And, as an example of how true that statement is, here are a couple more to the same effect: those who forget history are doomed to repeat it; this too, shall pass; and the more things change, the more they stay the same. But, when there is real tumult in the world, there always seems to be a feeling that this time is different.
When it comes to the drought currently plaguing the western US...
For the next 20 years, phylloxera ravaged European vineyards -- France’s in particular -- and wine production cratered 70%. Panic. Thousands of farmers were watching their lives and legacies die in front of their eyes, and once the enemy became known, a frantic search for solutions began. Read More
When tasting at a winery, it is common to hear about how a wine has extra character because the vines were encouraged to struggle. It’s one of those oft-repeated statements that doesn’t even attract scrutiny, but just receives nodding acceptance before you gulp down a small pour of another wine that tastes pretty similar to the last one. Read More